The Kemp Family
section is dedicated to the memory of my late uncle
Donald Gregor Kemp
Kemp family that I descend from were mostly from the Black Isle,
Scotland area. The Black Isle is located in eastern Ross-Shire,
across the Moray Firth from Inverness. It was apparently named
"The Black Isle" due to the dark, rich farming soil which covered
most of its surface. During the Jacobite Rising of 1746, the Isle
was a hot bed of Jacobite activity and after the doomed battle
at Culloden became a safe haven for those Highlanders that had
managed to escape the battlefield.
Kemp ancestors were born, lived and died in places there such
as Easter Brae, Brae Findon, Springfield Farm, Cullicudden, Culbokie,
Kempsland, Conon Bridge, Poyntzfield and Rosemarkie. My 2nd earliest
known Kemp ancestor was born in Culbokie, Black Isle in about
1768. Later generations (that of my grandfather's) immigrated
to places such as England, New York and Detroit, USA and to Ontario,
Canada. There are currently no blood relatives in the Black Isle
area that retain the Kemp surname that I am aware of.
Kemp surname is thought to be of Norwegian origin, "Kempa"
meaning "warrior" or "fighter" in the Norse tongue. It appears
that a branch of Norwegian settlers, with the name "Kemp",
first settled in Scotland in the Orkneys but later moved to safer
ground on the mainland and further South as the Vikings began
their forays and invasions into the area. To this day, my line
of Kemps still bear the early ageing trademark of their Norwegian
ancestors...great white hair.
my knowledge, since the Kemps are not of Celtic/Scottish origin,
there exists no official Kemp "Coat of Arms" (although there are
fakes out there) nor an official tartan representing the family
name or its House. The Kemp surname is also not, according to
my research, associated as being a sept of any of the Scottish
I have listed my direct descendants starting with my 5th
great grandfather, including the grandmothers and names of their
b. = born; d. = died; m. = married; abt = about; bef = before.
Kemp: b. abt 1740, Scotland.
Sept. 26, 1766, Urquhart & Logie Wester, Black Isle, Scotland
to Christian "Jean" MacKenzie: b. Mar.
20, 1747/48, Urquhart & Logie Wester, Black Isle, Scotland;
d. 1887, Culbokie, Scotland.
Catherine, Grigor/Gregor (below),
Helen, Thomas, Janet, unnamed child and John.
Kemp: Shoemaker; b.
abt 1768 in Balnafetach, Urquhart & Logie Wester, Black Isle,
Scotland; d. bef 1851, Culbokie, Black Isle, Scotland.
1st: in 1790, Kiltearn, Scotland to Helen
"Nellie" Matheson: b. abt 1770; d. abt 1825 in Culbokie
Kenneth (below), James, Gregory,
Ann (likely died young), Elizabeth,
Flora, Donald, Helen, Ann, Roderick (likely
died young), Barbara (likely died
2nd: Dec. 25, 1828, Urquhart & Logie Wester
to Janet Fraser: b. abt 1786, Urquhart & Logie
Wester; d. bet. 1861-1871.
Kemp: Boot & Shoemaker;
b. July 28, 1790, Tain, Scotland; d. Jan. 5, 1869, Culbokie, Black
abt 1821, Urquhart & Logie Wester, Black Isle, Scotland to
Mary Fowler: (James & Mary Jack) b. May 21, 1792,
Urquhart, Black Isle, Scotland; d. Jan. 1, 1887, Culbokie, Scotland.
was recorded as being 98 years of age at death.
Gregory, James (below), Kenneth,
Andrew, Helen and Mary.
Kemp: Carpenter Master;
b.1824, Culbokie, Black Isle, Scotland. d. 1886, Culbokie,
in 1856 in Culbokie, Scotland to Catherine MacLean:
(John & Christian MacKenzie) b. abt 1835, Urquhart, Scotland;
d. 1908, Culbokie, Scotland.
Kenneth (below), Christian
Helen, Mary, James, John, Catherine, Gregory, Margaret and Andrew
Kemp: School Master;
b. 1857, Cullicudden, Black Isle, Scotland; d. 1939, Cullicudden,
Black Isle, Scotland.
in 1881, Resolis, Black Isle, Scotland, to Ann Thomson:
(Donald & Ann "Annie" Urquhart) b. 1859, Rosskeen,
Kiltearn, Scotland. d. 1908, Cullicudden, Black Isle, Scotland.
Donald Thomson, James (WWI Vet),
Alexander (WWI Vet), Kenneth
(WWI Vet), Annie Violet, Catherine
MacLean "Katie", Mary Margaret, John, Janet "Netta",
Christina, Isa, Grigor Andrew (my namesake),
Robert Thomson (my grandfather, below)
Thomson Kemp: Millright;
b. Oct. 5, 1903, Cullicudden, Black Isle, Scotland; d. 1962, Toronto,
Dingwall, Scotland to Murdina
Ann MacDonald: School Teacher;
(Murdo "The Bird" & Catriona "Katie" Campbell)
b. June 31, 1903, Dingwall, Scotland; d. Jan. 28, 1997, London,